Rise and Shine

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What a weekend I’ve had! My heart and soul feel like they are about to burst–I am weary, but so inspired. I’m grateful for the for all the sweet souls I met, and for those who bravely stood and shared their stories stories at the inaugural Brave Girl Symposium.

I am also incredibly grateful for the successful launch of my new line of paper goods amid this wellspring of positive energy.

My online store is now officially open!!!

I know it all sounds a little…hearts and rainbows, this description of my time at the Symposium. I know that being away from the world in a “love bubble” (as the event has been described) seems….naive. Maybe even apathetic.

I am a bleeding heart liberal and a persistent idealist. I cry at just about everything. I am enchanted by rainbows, I believe in the universe (and magic!), and that love can save the world. I show this soft, vulnerable side to very few. To most, I present a happy, toned down version of myself, for fear of being accused of being too unrealistic or too sensitive in a world where the pain can be both devastating and indiscriminate.

Some truly horrific things happened in our country this week. What the world needs right now from all us us, is as much love, forgiveness and understanding as we can muster.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Choosing to keep our hearts open, even after they have been crushed, is more difficult and courageous than the alternative. Choosing to love those who are different isn’t easy…those with different politics, a different gender, a different race, a different sexual orientation, a different financial place. Choose this path anyway, I implore you.

Rise and shine. The world needs your light (now more than ever).

And if you are looking for ways to encourage others to love more and to share their light with the world, check out my new line of paper goods, available now!

The Brave Girls Club is doing some pretty amazing work in this arena as well 🙂

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How to Have More Fun

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This illustration was our last assignment in Lilla Roger’s Assignment Bootcamp. Class started back in January, and (as was my experience last year) it has been a fantastic way to push myself and work on projects that are outside of my comfort zone. This month’s assignment was to create an editorial illustration for an online article entitled “How To Succeed At Becoming A Digital Nomad.”  

With Bootcamp wrapping up, we are now in the thick of summer (with the 90 degree weather to prove it).

What does summer mean to you?

I think of hot lazy days, dripping popsicles, staying outside until dark--and having FUN!!

Lately, I’ve been inviting more fun into my life. My husband is always trying to make me laugh, and I have two little ones who base their entire existence on having a good time.

So this should be easy. Right?

But sometimes…every so often, I can be the tiniest, slightest bit…uptight. I can get myself all worked up about all that needs to get done  (which, by the way, isn’t ever possible–the list never ends, so let it go already), or looming deadlines, or climate change, or how many vegetables my kids actually ate today…and on and on.

My kids are the very best at this–having fun. They are my greatest teachers (in so many ways).

This week my son (1.5 years old) and I have been making fish faces at each other, and he laughs and giggles like it’s the greatest thing, EVER.

Then there’s my daughter, who does a happy dance right there on the spot, when I tell her her friend is coming over to play.

There is no shortage of pain in this world. The key is to keep laughing–to have fun through the hurt and the tears.

So when I’m having a rough day, or I get some news about a friend that breaks my heart, I take some deep cleansing breaths, and then I get down and play with my kids.

We draw with chalk on the sidewalk and we splash in puddles. Sometimes we have dance parties where we turn the music up really loud and we shimmy and shake–no one cares if anyone is watching. We are wild and free.

What are you doing this summer? Are you having enough fun?? I’d love to hear from you.

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I’ve shared my other Bootcamp projects from the past six months below (also lots of fun!!):

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Collection of plates featuring a floral pattern and sea creatures (a side note about this one–I want to work on this a bit more. I’m not completely happy with some of the elements and I think I can push this a bit more to create a collection that I REALLY dig). I’ll let you know how it turns out 😉

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Hand lettered poster design for the MATS Global Art Gathering that took place in the UK this summer.

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Funky kitchen wall art.

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Whimsical journal cover design.

Please contact me if you are interested in licensing any of the above artwork. I am also available for commissioned projects!

Sale Tomorrow AND Chihuly!!

Come on down: I’ll be selling prints (framed, unframed, and stretched canvases) tomorrow, November 22nd at my mom’s fantastic Jewelry Home Sale. We’ll be there from 10am-4pm, with coffee in the morning and bubbly in the afternoon.

Get some shopping done early and toast the holidays with us!

915 Steele St, Denver | 10am-4pm

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A few weeks ago, the family and I took a trip to Denver to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The Gardens are wonderful to wander through on their own, but the addition of Dale Chihuly’s whimsical glass forms was truly a treat.

I want my work to appear like it came from nature, so that if someone found it on a beach or in the forest, they might think it belonged there.

~ Chihuly

It makes my heart happy that there is an artist out there who spends his days playing (very successfully!) with these colored glass forms:

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The show runs through the end of the month so there’s still time if you want to go.

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And don’t forget, I’m donating 10% of the proceeds from my online store to Arts Street, a local non-profit program that creates opportunities for the young people of Colorado. Their mission is to “…cultivate low-income and under-served youth into a creative and culturally competent workforce. We use the power of the arts and arts professionals to nurture leadership and engage youth in learning.”

Still Waiting…

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Purchased prints to be mailed out.

Last week, I posted about Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. The first round of submissions were due this past Monday–wall art with a “Little Terrarium” theme. The talented top fifty will be announced on Tuesday (the 26th).

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I feel like I submitted my entry AGES AGO (and am keeping it under wraps until the semi-finalists list is out).

I am nervous and so excited. Regardless of the outcome, this contest is so much fun to be a part of. If I make it through, the next assignment will be given on Tuesday as well.

Any guesses as to what it might be??

Based on the list of prizes, (this is a COMPLETE shot in the dark) my guess is a bolt fabric assignment based on typewriters.

In the meantime, I’m keeping myself busy with customer orders and a collection that I am building out for an exciting wall art deal that’s in the works. Details to come!

Best of luck to all the participants nervously chewing fingernails as they await the big semi-finalist announcement!!!

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And don’t forget, for the month of August, 10% of what I sell will go to DAVA, a local organization that “… provides high-quality, after-school programming in the Aurora community and has become an anchor of free arts education for 900 urban kids (ages 3-17) annually. DAVA programs are designed to provide young people with the tools necessary to activate a new vision for community through the arts.”

Rolling On…

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A couple weeks ago, I posted about an exciting project I was commissioned to do, creating 6 illustrations for family musician Johnny Bregar. Johnny will be using these images on his revamped website. His site isn’t quite finished yet, but the illustrations are. Hope you like them!

And next week, Lilla’s Global Talent Search kicks off on August 5th. Yikes! I am really excited–and super nervous.

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As the month of July draws to a close, I will be writing a check to the Art Students League of Denver. Thank you to all who bought something from my shop this month!

Rolling into the month of August, I will be donating 10% of the proceeds from my online store to DAVA, a local organization that “… provides high-quality, after-school programming in the Aurora community and has become an anchor of free arts education for 900 urban kids (ages 3-17) annually. DAVA programs are designed to provide young people with the tools necessary to activate a new vision for community through the arts. Projects encourage youth to develop their imaginations and character, and to step up as future leaders.”

Check ’em out.

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A Profound Shift

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The illustrations above are for a client I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Johnny Bregar makes awesome, toe-tappin’ family music, and if you have young ones in the house, you should definitely check him out.

Johnny has commissioned me to do six illustrations for his new website–but here’s a sneak peak. Johnny’s music is a little bit folk, a little bit bluegrass, and a whole lot of fun for the whole family (my three-year-old and I have regular dance parties whenever ‘Mac and Cheese‘ comes on).

Last week, we had visitors in town for the holiday weekend. Long time friends, we hadn’t seen each other since becoming parents.

Witnessing that shift in others is profound.

Becoming a parent pushes, pulls, and molds you into something that is richer with more depth, leaving the person you were forever changed for the better (even if it is with more gray hair).

Make no mistake–this character building process is no walk in the park. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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Also, for the month of July, 10% of what I sell will go to The Art Students League of Denver, a local organization that focuses on providing opportunities for artists of all ages and abilities to study and work with regionally and nationally recognized working artists. From their website:

“ASLD is an inclusive and inspiring art community where members of all abilities are guided by professional artists to reach their highest potential.”

 

Under the Sea

As I mentioned last week, we created nautical wall art in Lilla’s bootcamp this month. This was my submission. Under the Sea

There are so many amazing interpretations of the assignment from my fellow artists in the public gallery. Here are a few of my favorites:

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by Nelleke Verhoeff

Nicoloe LaRue

by Nicole LaRue

Victoria Johnson

by Victoria Johnson

Jill Howarth

by Jill Howarth

Harriet Mellor

by Harriet Mellor

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And a reminder (for a few more days), 10% of all purchases from my online shop for the month of June will be donated to the Society of Illustrators: Summer Illustration Art Academy, helping send at-risk kids to art camp. Check it out!

My Hero

This month, in Lilla Rogers’ Assignment Bootcamp, we are making wall art with a nautical theme. Here are some of my sketches. Check back next week for my final piece!

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It’s 6pm. The  baby is crying (which is what babies do, every night, as soon as you start to even think about dinner). As I tend to him, my daughter starts drawing all over her legs in purple and green marker. Then she decides to  “help” me cook and puts said markers into the bowl where the raw chicken is marinating and mixes it all together with her hands. I put the baby down and get Hazel to the sink to wash. As I fish her markers out of the bowl, the baby promptly starts screaming again. My hands are covered in raw chicken goo and Hazel has gone upstairs. She starts yelling from the bathroom, “Mama, mama, mama. I’m done. Come wiiiiiiippe me!” in this urgent, high-pitched whine that grates on my already fried nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard.

And then, my husband walks in from work.

He takes one look at me–picks the baby up, goes upstairs to help my daughter, and then takes them both outside to play and water the flowers.

I wash my hands. And exhale.

He is my best friend. My partner. And on some days, he is my salvation.

My hero.

Last weekend, we celebrated Father’s day. We had a lovely breakfast with my dad and then he and my husband went out for a round of golf for the afternoon.

In my family, mother’s day seems to be a bigger deal. I don’t think it should be. I’m sure I would have completely lost my mind by now without my husband (I honestly don’t know how single parents do it).

To all the Dads out there, I salute you. Happy (belated) Father’s Day.

And remember, 10% of all purchases from my online shop for the month of June will be donated to the Society of Illustrators: Summer Illustration Art Academy, helping send at-risk kids to art camp.

Help Send a Kid to Camp

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As a culture, we have decided that memorizing our multiplication tables and learning how to spell ‘innovation’ isn’t as important as playing with clay or painting a picture. Demoting or eliminating art classes nationwide, we have decided somehow that art is optional. Incidental. The fluff.

What a crock of shit.

“Creative people invent, imagine, problem-solve, create, and communicate in fresh, new ways. Every business requires creative thinkers in the form of scientists, engineers, medical researchers, technology innovators, business entrepreneurs, artists, performers, writers and illustrators, designers, inventors, educators and parents. Those with the ability to “think outside of the box” will lead the future and make special things happen.” (from the fine folks at Crayola)

Nurturing creativity isn’t about grooming all kids to become professional artists. It’s about teaching them how to express themselves and encouraging them to think freely.

Creative thinking is how we are going to solve the issues challenging our modern world.

A couple weeks back, I decided I wanted to donate a portion of the proceeds from my online store. Starting this month, a percentage of my sales will go to an organization (a different one each month because I couldn’t pick just one!) that supports children and/or the arts for the remainder of 2014.

Summer Illustration Art Academy

For the month of June, 10% of what I sell will go towards sending at-risk kids to illustration camp in New York. Hosted by the Society of Illustrators, the Summer Illustration Art Academy:

“… will make a difference in the lives of 30 at-risk youth ages 9-13 from the most vulnerable neighborhoods in New York City. Students attending the Academy learn multi-media drawing techniques from several prominent illustrators and comic artists. Using NYC cultural, historical and scientific institutions as their learning labs they will gain greater insight into the life of an illustrator.”

Supporting the arts, whether it be music, drawing, or encouraging imaginative play, is something I really believe in. Visit my store and let’s help send a kid to art camp!